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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia State Police trooper who federal prosecutors claim was involved in helping a judge plot against a romantic rival previously was named the state’s top trooper.

Trooper Brandon Moore was placed on administrative leave Thursday following the indictment of Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury on federal conspiracy charges.

Federal prosecutors say Moore agreed to file a false grand larceny charge against a man at Thornsbury’s request.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Moore will not face charges. But state police said they are investigating Moore’s actions and that he is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The West Virginia Troopers Association named Moore as the state’s 2009 Trooper of the Year. He was chosen from more than 700 troopers statewide.

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